Chicago Bulls vs Indiana Paxers, 7:00 CSN-Chicago

Tyrus Thomas came back after 23 missed games, and off the bat carried the Bulls to victory over Chris Paul and the Hornets.on Saturday. Derrick Rose struggled from the field, but had one of his finest outings of the season. Rose controlled the offense, made some solid passes and stuck with the all-star Paul all throughout the evening.

The Bulls will once again be back at the United Center, looking for a win against the Indiana Pacers who miss their all-star Danny Granger.The high-scoring forward has missed 12 games of the season so far.

Bulls center Joakim Noah, who contributed 17 points with 18 rebounds against the Hornets, was complimented by radio announcer Chuck Swirsky after the game, and politely denied the suggestion that he was on his way to an all-star season. Bulls head coach Vinny Del Negro also jumped on the Noah all-star wagon, and hopes the coaches are paying attention. The young center is averaging 10.5 points and 12.4 rebounds this season, and has cemented his place as the starting center for these young Bulls for the foreseeable future.

Tyrus Thomas, the fourth year forward, believes his injury calmed him down and made him stronger. If his first performance was any indication, it would be a strong season for him. Thomas scored 21 points, grabbed nine rebounds and remained active at all times he was on the court. Thomas has struggled in the past with consistency, and it's been slowing his process as a basketball player.

John Salmons had just three points against the Hornets, and seems to be taking his demotion rather hard. Salmons has had a tough going this year, and was benched in favour of Kirk Hinrich, who knocked down three 3-pointers and had a good all-around game in his first start of the season.

Rookie forward Taj Gibson is also back in the starting unit, but he didn't get a chance to show the full potential of his game on Saturday, as he was in foul trouble. The forward will look to bounce back against Indiana, and could see plenty of minutes against energetic rookie Tyler Hansbrough out of North Carolina.

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  • Nice synopsis. If Tyrus basketball I.Q and attitude matched his talents, he'd be a hell of a player. Maybe with the right coach teaching him about reading lane/scoring intent and weakside help he can emerge as a constant factor. Let's hope D-Rose continues his intensity from his last game against Paul. It's one of the most focused games defensively he's played since becoming a Bull. I'll take him coming under screens if he does it so aggressively and consistently as to stay in front of his man, and deny penetration into the lane.

  • Was PAXERS a freudian slip?

  • As long as Chuck Swirsky doesn't make anymore guarantees, I think the Bulls will do just fine tonight.

    I want to see the CHICAGO CORE of Rose, Deng and Noah continue to play well. Also, let's see if Tyrus Thomas can establish some CONSISTENCY.

    The PAXERS are in for a BUTT-whoopin.

  • and there comes the Pacers.

  • Man Pacer big man eating us alive. Hibbert, Jones, McRoberts lmao (those are some big names lmao)

  • This team obviously lacks a KILLER INSTINCT.

    After being up by 19 points at the end of the 1st quarter, they got outscored 38-23 in the 2nd quarter. That's pathetic and inexcusable.

    By the way, is Joakim Noah going to show up tonight? All-Stars don't take games off.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Killer instinct? I believe he is calling you our Mr. Rose and I dont blame him.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Sad thing about the first half is that Pacer starters did crap and their bench fuled a comeback.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Solmon Jones everybody.

    Please arrest Pacers bigs for the anal abuse they have been giving Noah.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Ford is 1-28 from 3 this season. If we lose I want TJ to start nailing 3 after 3 for fun.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    The HOT SEAT VDN is sitting on must be getting HOTTER. HE CAN NOT LOSE THIS GAME!!!

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    No one disappears as well as Luol Deng.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Deng with a 3.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    John Salmons with a pulse.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    where the hell is everybody? geez.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    wow BG and the Pistons are hot trash.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    We'll definetely lose to them though

  • In reply to Dpauley23:

    Please Pistons are a mess. Soft big men and gunners for guards. Dumars spent close to 90 mil real well lol.

  • In reply to Dpauley23:

    I actually like Taj starting and Ty coming off the bench.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    This team is schizo.

    Up by double-digits, down by 1, then up by double-digits again. Watching them play is like getting teeth pulled. It hurts sometimes. I wish they would at least make a trade (James Johnson) to shake things up.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    its funny that people talk about James Johnson knowing kick boxing or whatever it is, that fat ass probably cant even lift his legs. Give me a break.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    It just goes to show how out of touch Gar Forman is when he said at halftime that he likes James Johnson's POTENTIAL and VERSATILITY.

    He's NOT versatile at all and I doubt he lives up to the potenial they have for him.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    real good to see Tyrus back. He wasnt at his best tonight but he looks like his injury really knocked some sense into him.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    I'd imagine Tyrus Thomas will be starting next game out.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I wished we signed Head instead of pargo.

  • Gar Forman is speaking at halftime on the radio.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    He spoke about Tyrus Thomas and his VERSATILITY, James Johnson and his POTENTIAL and VERSATILITY, and Joakim Noah and his MOTOR and ENERGY.

    Nothing about Vinny Del Negro...go figure.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Why does Gar Forman keep trying to BLOW SMOKE up Bulls' fans asses? I swear, if I hear the words VERSATILTY and POTENTIAL come out of that man's mouth 1 more time, I'm going to PUKE.

    James Johnson is NOT VERSATILE, neither is Tyrus Thomas for that matter. James Johnson is a SF and Tyrus Thomas is an athletic PF. They are anything but VERSATILE.

    Quite frankly, I think Gar Forman and John Paxson has OVER-RATED their abilities. They will never live up to the POTENTIAL they have been tagged with!!!

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    As far as I'm concerned, GAR FORMAN NEEDS TO BE FIRED TOO.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    paxson has made this franchise nothing what we should be..only one trip that was past the first round..overpaid deng,hinrich,noce,wallace,almost gordon, and made it to this list http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/messages/chrono/19104045 he wouldve drafted beasley if it wasnt for derrick being from chicago..hired vinny,never hired staff to work with tyrus and noah until this season..hired his own little b*tch whos is told not to say anything but..play hard,length,versitle and energy..he also let skies take the blame when our team was overpaid and overrated..only drafts solid college players who wont ever be better than solid..the only move i would ever thank him for is drafting derrick..but he cant even build a team around this kid..he let gordon go for nothing,never wants to trade mr kind hinrich,traded thabo who was the realllll reason why we beat miami was because his d on dwyane and now the guy is a defensive player of the year candidate for another team..drated taj over dajaun,traded alridge for tyrus when we already had a defensive player and then drafts another one the next year..and did it again this year. never made a splash for a top player because he liked his players and how nice they were..never brought in a steady head coach..7 after phil..doesnt at all wanna coach this team..let alone last year he let gar take his job because he didnt even wanna travel with us anymore..and yet he still has his job..the nba..where caring happens..

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Gar Forman is a peice of trash. Couldnt even give Vinny a vote of confidence. You give the guy a roster full of question marks and than want to fire him? crazy. We are be running by idiots.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    exactly my point..if paxson loses his job...then gar wouldnt have his and vinny wouldnt be here anymore..and we wouldnt have a team that is overpaid and non effective with only two pieces of a good team..rose and noah(except for tonight) lmao..our goal isnt to bash vinny..its getting rid of the problem..dont put air freshner over a dead rat..just remove it..bad example..but thats my point..were being runned by a solid organization..so were only goina represent what they stand for..average

  • In reply to Yunqn:

    they overpay guys that wouldnt even be 2nd options on any championship teams and they make them number 1 options for us because they want good guys who play good and solid..ben gordon was our best player this decade and guess what..he wouldnt even be a number 2 option on a top team. and having said he was our best..he let him go..for nothing..we are going to fail with them running the show..period..

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Gar Forman is one scary looking dude. He looks like Tom Hanks who was burnt and than beat with the ugly stick.

  • Gar Forman insists James Johnson can play both SF and PF, but that just isn't the case. He's an OVER-RATED and OVER-WEIGHT Small Forward. That's it.

    They should trade him for a young Shooting Guard.

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